Wed Apr 15: Introduction to singing the Divine Office

While most of us are at home without access to attend Mass, there are some efforts underway to encourage people to take up the other daily liturgy of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours. Saying or singing the Liturgy of the Hours lets everyone take part in the official daily prayer of the Church; it unites us in a practical way with the Church’s life of grace and unity, even more so than our personal devotions.

Professor Jenny Donelson of the seminary at Dunwoodie will be giving an on-line seminar on this subject Wednesday, April 15. Her presentation will include an introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours (also called the “Divine Office”), a lesson on reading square notation, and chanting the Divine Office. The program will end with singing Compline, the last service of the day, in Latin and English. This is a free event sponsored by the Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta and Sacred Heart Church in Calgary. The webinar runs from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Mountain time (9:00-10:30 Eastern). Registration is available at this page.

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Praise the Lord

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Holy Thursday 2020

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone.” For weeks now I’ve been humming those words from a 70s hit by the Canadian singer Joni Mitchell, and several parishioners my age told me they were doing the same.

Joni Mitchell’s song is a lament for what’s been lost – she sings “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” But that’s not where the story ends for us, deprived for a time of the joy of gathering for Mass and the blessing of receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. Not even close.

Because, of course, the Eucharist isn’t gone. Here and now the sacrifice of Christ is still being celebrated for the salvation of the world. Its life-giving effect is not limited by physical distance or absence. And even our current circumstances are guaranteed to come to an end.

Praise the Lord

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